Lawsuit By Topeka Parks Employees Moves Forward

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP)-- A Shawnee County judge has ruled that a lawsuit filed by 10 former parks and recreation employees against the city of Topeka will go to trial.

The employees sued in May 2012 after they were fired from the department and then hired to become Shawnee County employees. They contend the city didn't follow a requirement that employees who lose their jobs in such circumstances should receive severance pay.

Shawnee County District Judge Rebecca Crotty last week denied both sides' efforts to have the case decided in their favor without a trial.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports Crotty learned Tuesday the two sides were trying to reach a settlement.

Crotty indicated a pretrial hearing next Tuesday will instead be a status conference, with pretrial hearing and trial dates set then.

Posted by Greg Palmer